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Book details Steelers' history in black and white

| Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, 6:07 p.m.
World West Galleries
Cover for “A Passion for Art and Football” by Art Rooney Jr. and Peter West

Art Rooney Jr. and Peter West had a few goals for their book of drawings on the Pittsburgh Steelers, but profit was not one of them.

“Art says he doesn't want to sell the book,” West says. “He says you can ‘acquire it with a donation.' ”

Such offerings will be possible Dec. 6 at the World West Galleries in Washington, Pa., at a book-signing for “A Passion for Art and Football.”

The event will spotlight the new book of Art Rooney Jr., the son of Steelers founder Art Rooney, and gallery owner West. It's set up to raise money for the Mel Blount Youth Home in nearby Claysville, Washington County.

West says such charitable outcomes are his and Rooney's desire for the book, a collection of black-and-white drawings that tell a history of the football team.

Rooney has donated copies of the book to the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District and St. Vincent College near Latrobe.

Over the years, Rooney commissioned a number of local artists to do drawings of players, which he used as postcards or gave to friends, West says. Rooney ultimately had the idea to put them together to create a look at his father and the team.

“We wanted a book that was exciting whether you were a football fan or not,” West says of the 114-page, self-published volume.

Besides the drawings Rooney had originated, he commissioned some to fill in historic gaps.

West believes the book has a “good, retro look.”

Bob Karlovits is staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at bkarlovits@tribweb.com or 412-320-7852.

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